2013 Public History Field School
History 511 -- Public History Lab: Historic Site Interpretation
Portland State University/Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Public History Field School
Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian, Fort Vancouver NHS (360) 816-6231
Off Campus Office: Fort Vancouver NHS
Hours: Thu 9:30 a.m. - Noon or by appt.
This course is designed to provide a focused, hands-on immersion into how history is promulgated by one of the leading stewards of our nation's history - the National Park Service (NPS). At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, you will actively apply knowledge gained through lectures, group discussion, directed readings, research, interviews, and hands-on lab work to a practical final project.
This quarter, the project will be researching, designing, and writing a NPS digital publication that will highlight material culture items in the park's Archives & Reference Collection (ARC) and use them to help readers:
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained:
Did You Know?
Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...